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Development as a service

Par Anis BENZIANE Publié le 06/10/2019 à 18:53:54 Noter cet article:
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Introduction

Let me start by introducing a new web service: pythonanywhere.com. This is a python development interface, ready to be used in your browser. After a quick and free registration. You have access from your menu to the consoles[python, ipython, bash].

You can also use your files, or create a python web application. The most interesting features are the ability to pause / resume, which can be shared with other people. This could be very useful for collaborating on code or teaching python.

In the heart of the matter

"Development as a service" is only in its infancy. Although it could quickly become a standard for developers and especially startups. Before going into the advantages and disadvantages, we will analyze the different "Devlopement stack" First, there is the old school way. Install a server on a cloud service. There are many choices ( EC2, AppEngine, Azure, Rackspace...), it depends on your computer needs, spiritual beliefs (many of which do not care) and your pockets. Then we have to choose our preference in "Devlopement stack"; Language/Framework: Python (Django, Web2py, Pylons, Flask...), Rubym Java/.Net, PHP... Now, you have to maintain each element involved in the process, package versions, development tools. This requires a lot of time and resources to allow the developer to continue their work and keep the applications running. The next big step was the Heroku and dotCloud as services, alias "deployment / scaling up" as a service. They free up the deployment burden

This allows us to focus mainly on the logic of the application. The process is often the same essentially the same as configuring your project with a simple config file, then deploying it on the server with a single command. They practically take care of version control like Git. We have added more and more abstraction to the development process in order to make it easier, faster, stronger... However, there is always one constant, "the development of localhost". The code is done on your machine / laptop. We can still use our favorite OS, IDE, Tools. Well, the "Development as a service" will make it possible to overcome some last obstacles. There are already several web services for online development jsfiddle.net for web design or Koding.com. They offer something that could change the way we see development from an OS, IDE and development environment. This saves a lot of time. The use of the huge processing power of cloud platforms means that there is virtually no compilation time. You can even forget your machine, all you need in the end is a keyboard and a display.

Conclusion

We see only positive points, but if "Development as a service" is really going to be the next step, we forget something very important. Before a developer learns to code, he must understand the different steps that lead to programming, what a computer has, what the operating system is, how it does its job. All these facilities that we have put in place are based on this knowledge. How will a programmer understand code optimization? The security flow? How could he understand the interaction of his code with his work environment if he doesn't use it?

It is true that we are not concerned for the moment, but the next generation of programmers are. What do you think about that?

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